650 MU colleges to hold convocation functions on Jan 24

  • Omkar Gokhale, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2015 22:12 IST

Around 1.5 lakh students of more than 650 colleges affiliated to University of Mumbai (MU) will get their degree certificates at convocation ceremonies to be held at the colleges on January 24.

According to a circular issued by MU on January 9, this year onwards, affiliated colleges will hold convocation ceremony simultaneously with the university’s annual convocation ceremony held for rankers and medallists.

The students, who graduated in the academic year 2013-14, will be awarded their certificates on January 24, the same day of the university's annual convocation function for toppers.

Naresh Chandra, pro vice-chancellor of MU, said: “The university administration has decided that instead of having only select students participate in the main convocation ceremony, colleges should also hold functions so that all graduating students will get an opportunity to participate in it."

VN Magare, principal of Kirti College in Dadar and former director of Board of Colleges and University Development, MU, cited examples of north India universities which award degree certificates to all at the university’s annual convocation.

“The decision will set a good precedent. Till 1950s, only those students, apart from rankers, who applied in advance would get a chance to be a part of the convocation. As the number of graduates started increasing, the practice was stopped," said Magare.

This year, the annual ceremony, which is usually held in December or early January, was postponed because of the Indian Science Congress and delay in printing certificates.

“Earlier, only certificates of meritorious students attending the convocation were printed. This year, efforts are on to give away certificates to all students in their colleges on January 24 itself,” said Dinesh Bhonde, controller of examinations.

In June 2014, the university academic council, on dean of commerce Madhu Nair’s proposal, decided that graduation of each student must be celebrated.

Nair said: "It is an important decision as a convocation ceremony is a lifetime memory for students. Merely 1% of the total graduates could attend the convocation function. It is sad that a majority of students get their degree certificates by post or at college counters few months after the convocation."

While most college principals welcomed the decision, some were sceptical about organising the function at a short notice.

Principal of Bandra’s National College Dinesh Panjwani said: “I welcome the decision. We have 10 days to prepare for it and they are enough.”

Another principal, on condition of anonymity, said: “The university should have issued a circular well in advance so that the colleges would be prepared to organise the ceremony.”

-On January 14, principals of all affiliated colleges and institutions will meet at the Kalina campus to decide about conducting the convocation ceremony in their colleges. The meeting will be headed by vice-chancellor of Mumbai university Rajan Welukar.

-On January 24 at 11am, the university’s annual convocation ceremony will be held at the convocation hall in the presence of C Vidyasagar Rao, governor of Maharashtra and chancellor of MU.

- The principals of affiliated colleges have been asked to conduct the convocation ceremony in their colleges between 3pm and 6pm. Colleges have been asked to invite all the students who graduated in the academic year 2013-14 and a well-known personality to give the convocation address.

- Colleges have been asked to telecast videos of the speeches given by the chief guests at main convocation ceremony held at University of Mumbai convocation hall in the morning.

At the university convocation, the dean of every faculty reads out the number of students who graduated from each stream and certificates would be sent through post or given at college office. Only toppers and medallists are present at the function.

In June 2014, the university academic council, on dean of commerce Madhu Nair’s proposal, decided that graduation of each student must be celebrated.

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